DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Dick Umile and the University of New Hampshire men's hockey program are pleased to announce the addition of 10 student-athletes that make up the Class of 2018.
The incoming class consists of Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Dylan Chanter (Armstrong, British Columbia), Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.), Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario), John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.), Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia), Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.), Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.) and Richard Boyd (Delray Beach, Fla.).
Clark (goaltender, 6-foot-5-inch, 220 pounds) comes to Wildcat Country after playing the last two seasons with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 2012-13, the netminder played in 37 games, registering a record of 18-16-1 with one shutout. He held a goals against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .914. In 2013-14, Clark appeared in 30 games and finished with a record of 14-14-1 with one shutout. His goals against average stood at 2.87 while his save percentage was .911.
Coach's Comments: "Adam is an athletic and competitive goaltender. He moves exceptionally well for a man of his size. He likes to play aggressive on his angles and will come out and play the puck."
Boyd (defense, 6-3, 182) most recently played at Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Mass.). In 2013-14, Boyd played in 32 games and registered 40 points from 10 goals and 30 assists, helping the team compile a 22-10-0 record. He was also named a First Team All-New England selection. In 2012-13, Boyd skated in 32 games and lit the lamp nine times while dishing out 15 assists for 24 points. He helped lead the squad to a Martin/Earl Large School Championship.
Coach's Comments: "Richie comes to UNH after a stellar senior year at Cushing. As team captain and the power play QB he led the Cushing offense from the back end. Mobile and aggressive with his feet, defends well and likes to play offense in the rush."
Chanter (D, 6-3, 215) comes to UNH after spending 2013-14 with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL). There, the blueliner posted four goals and three assists for seven points in 19 games. In 2012-13, Chanter had a career year with the Merritt Centennials as he scored nine goals and recorded 11 assists for 20 points in 56 games. He was named the team's Most Promising Player. The year before with the Centennials, Chanter played 53 games, scoring two goals and dishing out 11 assists to earn the team award of Rookie of the Year.
Coach's Comments: "Dylan is a strong, physical player who plays defense first. He has the ability to contribute offensively as a very effective shooter while his strength lies in his game on the defensive side of the blueline."
Furgele (D, 5-10, 185) most recently played for the Jersey Hitmen of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). Last season, Furgele registered a total of 37 points (8g, 29a) in 44 games played. In six playoff games, the blueliner dished out five assists, three of which came on power plays. The season before, Furgele led the EJHL in defensemen scoring with 14 goals and 38 assists for 52 points. He helped the Hitmen take the Dineen Cup league championship and was named an EJHL All-Star.
Coach's Comments: "Jon did everything for the Hitmen; he ran the power play for two years while also playing a key 5 v 5 role in every situation. He sees the ice well and will certainly contribute off of the rush."
Marks (D, 6-0, 187) rounds out the defensive corps for the Wildcats as he arrives from Coquitlam of the BCHL. In 2013-14, Marks tallied four goals and 24 helpers for 28 points in 57 games. Two of his four goals came on the power play. Just one season prior, Marks registered a pair of goals and four assists for six points in 40 games played.
Coach's Comments: "Cameron makes an excellent first pass. He gets his team out of the zone efficiently and effectfully and he is an excellent distributor who joins the rush both with and without the puck."
Eiserman (forward, 6-1, 200) most recently played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United State Hockey League (USHL). Last season, Eisernam skated in 53 games and recorded 40 points on 16 goals and 24 assists. Prior to playing for Dubuque, Eiserman was a member of the U.S. National U18 squad. In 2012-13, the forward skated in 56 games, lighting the lamp 10 times and dishing out 11 assists for 21 points.
Coach's Comments: "A strong power forward, he is an excellent 5 v 5 player who challenges defensemen with his combination of size and skating. He is strong enough to bull his way to the net and is fast enough to beat people wide. He is expected to be drafted in the upcoming NHL draft."
Foegele (F, 6-1, 185) is fresh off a stellar season at St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario, in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA). Foegele scored 58 goals and registered 49 assists for 107 points in just 52 games. He earned a host of accolades in 2013-14 as he was named the Team MVP, a CISAA All-Star and helped the team to CISAA League Championship as they defeated Upper Canada College in a best-of-three series. The squad completed the season with a record of 45-3-2.
Coach's Comments: "Another strong power forward that has a combination of size, speed and aggressiveness that will give defenders fits. He is arriving in Durham a year early after a breakout senior season at St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario Warren is expected to be drafted in the upcoming NHL draft."
McNicholas (F, 5-10, 175), along with Chanter, spent last season with the Vipers. In 56 games, he scored 23 goals and helped on 46 for 69 points. Four of his goals came on power plays while three were game winners. McNicholas spent 2012-13 with the Nanaimo Clippers, also of the BCHL. There, he recorded 32 points in 35 games stemming from 10 goals and 22 assists.
Coach's Comments: "Michael is a gifted playmaker who has the ability to play both wing and center. He led the top line in the BCHL this season all the way to the RBC (Canadian Tier 2 National Championship) semifinal game, losing to the eventual champion Yorkton (Saskatchewan). He has the skill and vision to be a very productive player."
Poturalski (F, 5-10, 190) played in 60 games with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL in 2013-14. He lit the lamp 27 times, five of which were game winners, and dished out 37 assists for 64 points. He was named a Midseason USHL Second Team All-Star selection. The year before, Poturalski skated in 53 games for the RoughRiders and recorded 33 points from 12 goals and 21 assists.
Coach's Comments: "Andrew had his first healthy season in three years, which is what delayed his arrival in Durham to 2014. He finished sixth in the USHL scoring race but what made this even more impressive is that he had double the number of points as anyone else on the RoughRiders this season. He sees the ice well enough to make the strong play, while possessing a quick release that allows him to finish as well."
Salvaggio (F, 6-0, 190) rounds out the newcomers as he comes to Wildcat Country from the Indiana Ice of the USHL. Last season, Salvaggio played in 52 games and scored 15 goals and registered 11 assists. He had four game-winning goals, two power-play goals and two shorthanded tallies. The Mass. native helped the Ice to the USHL Championship, known as the Clark Cup, in a best-of-five game series win over Waterloo (3-2). In 2012-13, Salvaggio played in 64 games at the South Kent School and tallied 94 points on 54 goals and 40 assists. In 17 games with the Ice that season, he scored five times and dished out six helpers for 11 points.
Coach's Comments: "The adjustment to the USHL was a challenging one for him but one that he relished. His modest point output belies the season of growth, both in his game responsibility and in his defensive accountability. Add this to the offensive confidence that he takes from his senior year at South Kent where he averaged over a goal a game and he is prepared to make the next step."
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